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OCTOBER 29, 2003


            Two films set in the South Pacific headline this weekend’s Sunset on the Beach at Queen’s Surf Beach on Saturday, November 1 and Sunday, November 2.   The films are made possible by the Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF), an eagerly anticipated annual event in Hawaii for residents and visitors that furthers understanding and cultural exchange among the peoples of Asia, the Pacific and North America through the medium of film. 

            On Saturday, HIFF premiers “The Ride,”directed by Hawaii-born filmmaker Nathan Kurosawa and which has already received wide acclaim.  Using local non-professional actors, the biographical drama integrates the story of surfing great Duke Kahanamoku and a fictitious young professional surfer from the mainland (Ghost), who travels through time to meet Hawaii’s “Ambassador of Aloha” and uncovers more than the art of surfing. 

             On Sunday, the big screen proudly presents “Whale Rider,” a popular film shot in the South Pacific and set in a Maori community in New Zealand.  Steeped in tradition, a Maori leader overcomes his bitterness of losing his grandson at birth, summarily rejects the infant’s twin sister and later welcomes her into the fold.  Although grandfather loves the child, he dismisses any notions of her potential as a tribal leader. However, at the age of 12, the young heroin proves her worthiness, courage and sensitivity, and fulfills an ancient legend of a great leader riding on a whale. 

          Due to advanced sunsets, movies are now shown at 7:10 p.m. on the city’s giant 30-foot screen.

             The fun begins earlier at 4 p.m. with Hawaiian music.  On Saturday, Hawaiian 105 KINE kicks it off with “Kava Music” and “Weldon Kekauoha & Tapa Groove.”  Sunday, join KRATER 96 AND “Ko’u Mana’o” from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

             Sunset on the Beach offers a variety of scrumptious gourmet delights, from appetizers to full-course meals.  This weekend, participating restaurants include newcomer Imari Bento & Okazu, specializing in Japanese cuisine, Royal Hawaiian Hot Dog & Shaved Ice, Chocolate Fountain Hawaii/Paradise Water Ice, Leo’s Traverna, Bale Sandwich & Restaurant, Popcorn Express and Mr. Pizza.   

            Novelty vendor Sami’s Blinkers and 16 “Made in Hawaii” crafters and artisans round out the variety of offerings at Sunset on the Beach.  The craft fair begins at 9 a.m. and is open until 9 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.

             Sunset on the Beach is sponsored by the City and County of Honolulu, Hawaii Restaurant Association, Hawaii Tourism Authority, News 8, K5 The Home Team, 105 KINE and KRATER 96.  For more information, contact 523-CITY.






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